3 1/2" WD Austerity

Here we have a rather nicely built and very rare 3 1/2" gauge WD 2-8-0 Austerity.  We've not seen another of these before, and although there were published designs in 2 1/2" (LBSC's Austere Ada), and in 5" for the 2-10-0 from Clarksons, we can't find any published plans for the 3 1/2" 2-8-0.  It is quite likely we think therefore to be a scaled up version of Austere Ada.

It is a really nicely made model.  the Model engineering is very neat and crisp, and it all runs beautifully on air.  It's been fired and run, so we don't anticipate any issues with it running just as well on steam.  If we get time away from the workshop over the next few weeks we would like to be able to throw a fire in it, as we fancy a play ourselves!

The engine is fitted with the usual tender hand pump, as well as an axle pump and bypas, plus an injector, so getting water in shouldn't be an issue.  The lubrication is from the mechanical pump at the front.

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